Things to do on Mother's Day in London
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If you're organising Mother's Day in the capital this year, be sure to include one of these mum-friendly events in your plans. Scenic cycling, stunning flower shows and a fashion festival – thankfully, there's a solid selection of Mum-approved things happening in London on Sunday March 30 2014.
Ten events that'll impress Mum on Mother's Day
Mothering Sunday at Kensington PalaceTreat your mum to an afternoon at Kensington Palace this Mother's Day. The grand building and its beautiful gardens make for an ideal springtime stroll (as long the weather holds out), which will help work up an ample appetite for an indulgent Georgian-style tea party in the palace's restaurant, The Oranagery. If tea, sarnies, cake and other sugary treats don't keep Mum sweet for the day, then quite frankly we give up.
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The Conran ClinicWest London's handsome homeware store now houses a brand new in-store beauty pop-up shop, The Conran Clinic, which might just be the perfect stop for mothers who love a good pampering. The air at this carefully curated space is filled with aloe vera and patchouli scents, and visitors can browse the selection of innovative well-being products to a well-selected, ambient soundtrack, giving the area a spa-like feel. On offer is a range of luxurious creams and tinctures, plus the sort of beautiful soaps that you'd find in your parent's guest bathroom. While exploring the place, pick up a cold-pressed juice or perhaps a warm tea at the rustic wooden ‘Tea house’, and even bag a few bits as a thoughtful treat for Mum.
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A Place in the Sun LiveThis spin-off event from the popular Channel 4 show gathers more than 150 developers and property agents, all eager to facilitate a dream move to locations including Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and Florida. Whether your mum has genuine plans to flee to sunnier climes, or whether you're hoping a few not-so subtle hints can keep her 'mothering' at a more bearable distance, this showcase is well worth a wander. There'll be discounts and hot offers on permanent properties as well as holiday homes, and adding a little celeb sparkle to the day will be the show's presenters Amanda Lamb, Jasmine Harman, Jonnie Irwin and Laura Hamilton. The APITS crew will be giving live talks alongside free advice sessions from around a hundred other relocation experts.
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Chiswick House Camellia FestivalChiswick House isn't just a pretty face (well, a pretty building), don't you know. West London's stunning historical site is also home to one fabulous collection of camellias, which features unusual specimens of the spring-flowering shrub including one of the world's two known examples of the rarer-than-rare 'Middlemist's Red'. While green-fingered mums will marvel at the camellia collection housed in a Grade I-listed conservatory designed by Samuel Ware, shopaholic mums will be excited by the many sorts of floral merchandise on offer.
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The Vogue Festival 2014Tell Mum to grab her heels and her best frock for one of the biggest weekends in the fashion calendar: The Vogue Festival 2014. Across two days this couture celebration will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre and boasts interviews, panel talks, trend discussions and styling workshops as part of its agenda. Confirmed speakers for this year's event include the likes Alexa Chung, Manolo Blahnik, Naomi Campbell and Grayson Perry, to name just a perfectly-groomed handful.
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The Horse Rangers 60th Anniversary Charity CycleThis day of family-friendly fun is being held in celebration of the the Horse Rangers Association's 60th anniversary and aims to raise money towards their work teaching youngsters how to ride and care for horses. The Rangers are based in the Royal Mews at Hampton Court Palace, which will be the start of the day's two cycling routes. Gather the whole family and spend this Mother's Day rallying (or leisurely pedalling) along the Royal Park Hopper, a 25 mile route on the quieter, more scenic roads around Hampton, which winds up at London Irish Rugby Club in Sunbury. The second route, the Charity Challenge, is a tougher 75-mile route and is probably best left to the pros.
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Bailey's StardustThe man responsible for capturing the swinging 60s and creating some of the most iconic fashion images of the past fifty years, David Bailey, has selected over 250 portraits from his collection, which includes an abundance of famous sitters as well as fascinating unknowns. This show at the National Portrait Gallery will take you and your mum on a journey through rock and roll London (possibly jogging her memories as she goes along) all the way to Papua New Guinea, thus showing the variety of Bailey’s lens to be very diverse indeed.
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Ideal Home ShowIf your mum's a fan of furnishing the home, pottering in the garden or snooping around the neighbours' house, the Ideal Home Show is the perfect place to spend this Mothering Sunday. The show's seven dedicated sections include home improvements, interior décor, gardens, gadgets, food and homeware, and - of course - the famous Show Homes village. This year, wander the likes of a Luxury 7 Star Apartment, a Downsizing Home, a Starter Home and an Arts & Crafts style Urban Castle. Spend the day soaking up some practical and inspiring ideas on how to pimp up your home, plus spot the celebs such as Gadget Show's Suzi Perry, gardener Diarmuid Gavin, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, money-saving expert Martin Lewis and MasterChef's Gregg Wallace.
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Florimania: The Age of EleganceDon't take flowers to your mum this Mothering Sunday, instead take your mum to the flowers at Hampton Court Palace. For one weekend only, the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies will be cutting, chopping and then creating an extravagant Georgian inspired floral display in the palace's King's State Apartments. Pretty flowers and a stunning stately home around which you can wander may well be the winning Mother's Day combination. Unless Mum has severe pollen allergies or an irrational fear of topiary, that is.
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Annual Opening of Kew PalaceKew Palace, located in the the grounds of Kew Gardens, opens its doors to the public just in time for Mother's Day. Welcoming visitors for the spring and summer every year, this distinctly Dutch-looking brick mansion set amidst the greenery of Kew Gardens is a pretty sight, yet it was in this building that George III was confined during his episodes of the mysterious and debilitating illness that is now believed to have been porphyria. Highlights of the house include the royal kitchen, which were restored last year; Queen Charlotte's Cottage, a rustic retreat hidden amidst the gardens; and Princess Elizabeth's bedroom, which she styled herself back in the 18th century.
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Mothering Sunday at Kensington Palace
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